Originally Posted by TRF
How about simply making aluminum or whatever the material really is these days behave more like wood? Is that really too much for manufacturers to do? design a bat that won't cause the ball to leave at ridiculous speeds?
just determine what speeds the ball leaves the wood bat at different spots, barrel, end of the bat, jammed etc. and make these composite bats match it. Why is this still a problem?
Actually, the NCAA and high school regulations have changed on aluminum and composit bats. Bats now have to have a BBCOR rating of 0.5 which will significantly reduce the batted ball speeds they produce. The new batted ball rating is the exact same as produced by wooden bats. Also, if I recall correctly, the "sweet spot" has been significantly reduced to about four inches.
Btw, I have not read the article posted here yet, but I believe that youth leagues should wear some kind of face/head protection.